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Tours in Bangkok

Journey down to the wild contrasts of buzzing Bangkok’s towering skyscrapers and ancient temples. After witnessing the spectacular lights of the Gardens by the Bay in Singapore, your Far Eastern adventure culminates as you step off the luxurious Eastern & Oriental Express and immerse yourself in the frenetic energy of Thailand’s thriving capital. Wander the vibrant Chatuchak Weekend Market, Thailand’s largest market, weaving your way through its 15,000 stalls set across 27 sectors. Amid the dazzling colours, the lively negotiation between vendors and customers, and the enticing fragrances of nearby street food, there’s plenty on offer here. From electronics and novelty shirts bearing the city’s famous saying ‘same same, but different’, to vibrant spices, handicrafts, ceramics and antiques, you could lose yourself here for hours.

For a more relaxed and traditional Bangkok market experience, the Damnoen Saduak floating market is renowned as one of Thailand’s best, and has even featured in The Man with the Golden Gun. Sampans (small wooden canoes) glide along its labyrinth of narrow canals, selling an array of fresh fruit, vegetables and delicious noodles.

Catch a breath-taking sunset from the glorious Wat Arun Buddhist Temple, admiring its terraces and pagodas adorned with intricately painted porcelain, before climbing the stairs of its incredible 70 metre central spire for unforgettable vistas of the Chao Phraya River. Discover the architecture of the magnificent Grand Palace complex and sample sizzling bamboo-skewered satays and sukiyaki (wok-fried noodles and seafood, with chili, pickled garlic and lemongrass) in the foodie haven of Chinatown.

Experience the bustle of lively Bangkok as part of our Seven Seas Voyager cruise, enjoying world-class hospitality and fine dining, as you explore Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and Malaysia.

10 days

Eastern & Oriental Express Bangkok to Singapore

Guide Price £4,769 pp  

The Eastern & Oriental Express is the ultimate centrepiece of a visit to the Far East. A subtle balance of eastern culture, cuisine and western comforts means that you can enjoy the best of everything - travelling in style and...

City holidays

Eastern & Oriental Express Bangkok to Singapore
10 days

Eastern & Oriental Express Singapore to Bangkok

Guide Price £4,229 pp  

The Eastern & Oriental Express is the ultimate centrepiece of a visit to the Far East. A subtle balance of Eastern culture and cuisine and Western comforts means that you can enjoy the best of everything - travelling in style...

Adventure holidays

Eastern & Oriental Express Singapore to Bangkok
3 days

River Kwai Float House Tour

Guide Price £499 pp  

Explore the best of Kanchanburi and the River Kwai, while staying in unique accommodation. The River Kwai Floathouse is reached only via the river and offers luxurious safari-style tents which float on the river. With a variety of activities and...

Luxury holidays

River Kwai Float House Tour
18 days Seven Seas Voyager

Seven Seas Voyager Asia Cruise

Guide Price £9,869 pp  

Start in style with a city stay in Singapore, soak up the amazing city views from the Singapore Flyer or the SkyPark Observation Deck atop the iconic Marina Bay Sands before boarding the Seven Seas Voyager® and embarking on your...

Couples Holidays

Seven Seas Voyager Asia Cruise

Expert Tips

Christie

Destination Executive

“The birthplace of street food, visiting Chinatown is an absolute must for foodies. Sink your teeth into simmering Khao Mun Gai (steamed chicken with rice), sai krok issan (sour Issan sausage) and sample authentic Pad Thai.”

Martyn

Destination Manager

“Keep in mind that prices at the more popular Thai markets will be inflated, due to the large influx of tourists, and bartering is expected. Vendors will appreciate you knowing basic Thai, especially when delivered with a smile.”

Nick

Senior Destination Manager

“Though it’s tempting to snap a quick selfie or picture inside the temples, it’s common etiquette to keep your phone and cameras away. Out of respect, make sure all of your snaps are taken outside of the temples.”

Frequently Asked Questions

As with the rest of Thailand, Bangkok uses the Thai baht. We recommend converting your currency before arrival, as airport conversions may not be favourable. While many restaurants, bars and hotels will accept debit or credit card payment, it is wise to have cash handy for purchases in local markets and from smaller businesses. Please also note that there may be international usage fees for card payments and ATM withdrawals. ATMs are widely available across Bangkok but become less so, the further you venture from the city.

The official language of Thailand is Thai, though English is considered a second language in city centres and more popular tourist areas. Typically, market vendors in these areas will know basic English but you should not expect them to be fluent, therefore we recommend bringing a Thai phrasebook to make conversing with them easier.

We advise dressing modestly and covering up your shoulders and legs when visiting places of worship. Many gatekeepers will offer you a sarong or scarf to cover up, for a small fee, but you should not rely on this. Most temples will require you to remove your shoes before entering.

The bustling streets of Bangkok are alive with the banter of vendors, the aromas of sizzling street food and the cacophony of tuk-tuk horns as they whiz through the streets. A foodie haven and cultural hotspot, Thailand’s smiley capital is laden with sacred temples, pulsing markets, dazzling lights and glimmering malls.

Why you'll love Bangkok...

• Shopping for exquisite teas, antiques and fresh fruit at the Chatuchak Weekend Market
• Taking in stunning panoramas from the spire of the Wat Arun temple
• Wandering the ornate grounds of the Grand Palace
• Discovering the 14th century Emerald Buddha of Wat Phra Kaew
• Enjoying a riverboat cruise along the Chao Phraya River
• Exploring the maze of canals at the Damnoen Saduak floating market
• Observing the incredible Reclining Buddha of Wat Pho and dropping a coin in the bronze bowls for good luck
• Making your way across the city by tuk-tuk
• Partaking in a spot of Westernised retail therapy at the Siam Paragon megamall
• Gazing up at the bright lights of Khaosan Road

Did you know?

• The full name of the city of Bangkok, commonly referred to as ‘City of Angels’, is Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Ayuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit and is officially the longest place name in the world, according to the Guinness Book of Records.
• Statistics indicate that Bangkok is one of the world’s hottest cities, with the air temperature rising as high as 40°C.
• During Thai New Year celebrations, Bangkok hosts the world’s largest annual street water fight, known as the Songkran festival.